Sprite Ball Championship, an annual inter-High Schools basketball tournament in Ghana, has the objective of unearthing talents and developing existing ones amongst the High Schools in Ghana. Since its inception in January, 2007, Sprite Ball has been described as the biggest and the most prestigious basketball competition amongst Senior High School students in Ghana.
SPRITE BALL: 2nd January 2007
The maiden edition of the Sprite Ball series was staged on 2nd January 2007 at the Aviation Social Centre, Accra, and it attracted over thirty (30) Senior High Schools across the length and breath of the country.
The boys’ competition was won by Achimota School with St. Augustine’s College and Oda Senior High School placing second and third positions. In the girls’ competition St. Mary’s came first.
SPRITE BALL: 2nd January 2008
After a very successful maiden edition, the second saw more schools participating. The event took place at the same venue in Accra.
Presbyterian Boys’ High School went home with the enviable cash prize and the trophy while their arch-rivals Achimota School came second. SOS International (Tema) took the third position in the boys category. Wesley Girls’ High School won in the Girls’ competition.
SPRITE BALL: 21st December 2008
The third edition saw the maiden regional competitions which took place in four regions. It marked the beginning of its advancement to other regions of the country, namely Greater Accra, Eastern, Central and Volta regions to select the regional boys teams and three girls teams to compete in the grand finale staged in Accra.
It was also in response to incessant calls from other P.E masters and students in other parts of the country who have been denied the opportunity to participate in this prestigious competition. We (Rite Multimedia and Sprite) therefore extended the competition to the regions.
For administrative expediency and the smooth running of the competition the month for the staging of the grand finale was changed from January to December.
The fourth edition would see the addition of two regions namely Ashanti and Western. It is however the vision of the organisers to cover the entire nation by the close of 2011. (Visit homepage for more details)
The Sprite Ball Championship (SBC) is an initiative of Rite Multimedia, sponsored by Sprite (The Coca-Cola Company Ltd) with support from the Ghana Education Service and the National Sports Council.
SPRITE BALL: 21/22 December 2009
The next season saw over 80 senior high schools spread across six regions involving two new additions namely Ashanti and Western. They joined four others (Greater Accra, Eastern, Central, Volta and the Central regions) to produce an amazing competition.
Forty-four (44) schools competed in the grand-finale at the El-Wak stadium with Armed Forces Secondary Technical School and Sacred Heart Senior High winning the ultimate in the boys and girls division respectively.
Koforidua Secondary Technical School (K.S.T.S) won silver while Kumasi-based Opoku Ware clinched third spot in the boys category.
In the girls division, Wesley Girls placed second while Insaaniya took bronze in a highly entertaining game.
The final was graced by King Tackie Tawiah III – Ga Mantse, Nii Nortey Duah – Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports and David Addo Ashong – Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association among other dignitaries.
The event was an initiative of Rite Multimedia and sponsored by Sprite with partners including Indomie Noodles, EFPAC, Latex Foam, Ink It, TV Africa, Joy FM, 90 Minutes Newspaper, Ghana News Agency, Rock FM and Radio Xtacy.
SPRITE BALL: 22/23 December 2010
The competition grew in stature and numbers as it two more regions were added to the existing eight. Brong Ahafo and Northern were the two other regions added to the hugely -popular competition and schools in those region didn’t disappoint.
At the end of the two-day competition Mfantsipim underlined their status as an improved side by winning the title at the expense of Prempeh College in an explosive boy’s final at the El-Wak stadium in front of a packed crowd.
Koforidua Secondary Technical placed third for the second time after they beat Labone in the third and fourth place match.
The capital-based Sacred Heart asserted their dominance in the girls division by retaining the title they won the previous year. They fought-back strongly to defeat two-time Central regional champions Aggrey Memorial in an epic final.
Pride of Ashanti, Yaa Asantewaa came third after they negotiated their tie against Tema Senior High.
The attendance was massive and the 2010 edition of the Sprite Ball went into the history books as one of the best games witnessed.
In attendance were the Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Authority, Worlanyo Agrah, two-time WBC Super Featherweight champion, Prof Azumah Nelson and the Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association, David Addo-Ashong amongst host of other dignitaries.
Sprite Ball Championship 2010 was brought to you by Sprite, Freedom from thirst and supported by Indomie Instant Noodles- tastes great and DDP Outdoor. Media partners TV Africa, Graphic Sports, Today’s news paper, Ghana sports news paper and powered by Rite Multimedia- Leaders in basketball development & promotion in Ghana.
2011-2012 (Sprite Ball @ 5) – Aviation Social Centre.
The Sprite Ball at 5 took place at the Aviation Social Centre with over six thousand fans in attendance.
Mfantsipim won for the second consecutive time after beating Keta Senior High in an enthralling final. The Cape Coast-based side looked unstoppable as they beat six teams enroute to being crowned champions again.
Koforidua Secondary Technical School won bronze for the third time in the boys division.
In the girls division, Yaa Asantewaa won gold after beating Tema Senior High in an epic final. Defending champions Sacred Heart could only manage a third-placed finish.
2012/2013 – Aviation Social Centre
Mfantsipim continued their dominance with a hat-trick of a title after winning the championship for the third consecutive time.
They beat highly improved Koforidua Secondary Technical school, who paraded their best team ever in the competition.
Ghana Secondary Technical School won bronze by default after aggrieved Keta Senior High boycotted their third and fourth placed match over perceived bias officiating.
Mfantsipim’s David Akuffo was adjudged the MVP in the boys division.
In the girls’ category, Aggrey Memorial finally clinched the title after several unsuccessful attempts. They beat St Mary’s in an explosive final contest at the Aviation Social Centre.
Kumasi-based Yaa Asantewaa came third with Wesley Girls placing fourth.
Aggrey Memorial captain Matilda Gordon was crowned female MVP after a blistering performance during the two-day event.
2014 – El-Wak sports stadium.
Keta Senior High finally inked the title for the first time after beating hugely improved Presbyterian Boys Senior High in a grueling and combative final. For the first time in three years, Mfantsipim failed to make the podium after placing fourth.
Opoku Ware School took the third spot in the boys division.
The 2014 edition saw the introduction of the fans favourite player award in both the boys and girls category respectively.
Keta captain Sedem Tetevi was voted the MVP in the boys division.
Opoku Ware star Kwaku Wusu-Ansah was adjudged the fans favourite player in the boys division while Rachel Obeng of TI Amass won in the girls division.
The coaches, captains and fans favourite players travelled to South Africa in September 2014 as part of their package for their individual brilliance in the competition.
In the girls division, debutant TI Amass clinched the title after beating Aggrey Memorial while Mfantseman Girls took bronze with Labone placing fourth.
Aggrey Memorial captain Joana Danso was voted MVP in the girls category.
2015 – El-Wak sports stadium.
Mfantsipim School reclaimed the title and made it a historic fourth after beating Keta Senior High in the finals.
Opoku Ware School took third while debutant and surprise package Bompeh came fourth.
Mfantsipim youngster Mishael Jamani Salifu was voted the MVP in that division despite failing to show up in the final game against Ketasco.
In the girls division, TI Amass retained their title after recording a second successive win over rivals Aggrey Memorial.
Mfantseman Girls took bronze for the second consecutive time with Nkawkaw Girls placing fourth.
Joana Danso again was voted the MVP for the second year in a row.
Presbyterian Boys’ Kontoh was voted the fans favourite player win the boys division while Rebecca of Mfantseman Girls took the honours in the girls division.
The 2015 edition of the famous championship saw the introduction of the charity project and flag hoisting ceremony.
The participants visited four orphanages in Accra namely, Teshie, Osu, Dzorwulu Special School and Remar Foundation to donate cash and products to the under-privileged.
The flag hoisting ceremony also took place to signal the start of the competition at the El-Wak stadium.
2016 -El WAK Sports Stadium
History was made when long slumbering giant St. Augustine’s College finally won its maiden title by beating eternal rivals and four time winners Mfantsipim School 37-22 in the final. Aggrey Memorial piped debutants Accra Wesley Girls High School to claim victory in the female division.
Pope John High School and Opoku Ware School placed third and fourth in the boys division. Dethroned champions T.I.Ahmadiyya clinched bronze ahead of fellow Kumasi outfit Kumasi Girls High School.
Dennis Dugbenu of St. Augustine’s College and Juliana Cudjoe of Aggrey Memorial were voted Most Valuable Players for the boys and girls categories respectively.